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Monday, September 8, 2014

Reeling Review #1: See If We Took a Holiday at Chicago's LGBT Film Festival

Over the next two weeks I will be reviewing films that will be shown during Reeling32: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival, which runs September 18 - 25.

My first Reeling review is of the short film, If We Took a Holiday, directed by Glenn Gaylord and written by Gaylord, Nadya Ginsburg and Dennis Hensley (who wrote the 1999 novel, Misadventures in the (213). The simple but oh-so-amusing premise of Holiday is that a struggling actress Nadya (played by Ginsburg) decides to impersonate Madonna for the day as a birthday gift for her gay BFF Dennis (played by Hensley), who recently broke up with his boyfriend. And for 17 fabulous minutes, we get to join them on this fun journey, which includes dancing, stolen cupcakes and a musical number called "Taco Truck Bonita". "Madonna" also grants her devoted fan a brief Q&A session, in which he asks her, "How do you write songs?"

Her response: "I get in, I get out, I keep it light and I like the following words - dance, celebrate and c'mon."

If that makes you laugh - as I did - then I think you'll thoroughly enjoy this short, which left me wanting more as its hilarious but concise screenplay doesn't allow "Madonna" to overstay her welcome. Hensley's performance as Dennis is great, but the film belongs to Ms. Ginsburg, who steals every scene as the "Queen of Pop". I've also read that this talented actress/comedienne does a spot-on impression of Cher, so I'm hoping that a sequel might be in the works. But until then, I highly recommend that you get "into the groove" and go see If We Took a Holiday.

Show time: 3 pm, Saturday, September 20, at the Landmark's Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark) as one of the shorts included in Love Squared: Sexy Comedy Collection

For a complete schedule of films, go to You can purchase tickets online (click here) or in person at Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark) Monday - Friday (and Saturday, September 13) 10:30 am - 6 pm. You can also get the latest festival news by following Reeling on Twitter and Facebook.


Glenn Gaylord said...

Wow - thanks so much for your support! Always done in such a GROOVY manner! xx

Marc Harshbarger said...

Thank YOU, Glenn, for making such a groovy movie!